Maybe Grippando's later works reflect greater sophistication and originality, but this debut effort is a hackneyed, by-the-numbers story. The prose i..Show More »s leaden and graceless; the shallow characters move around like marionettes; the plot is artificial and implausible. The irritating courtroom scenes are made-for-TV simplistic.
These deficiencies are compounded by Ron McLarty's wooden narration. McLarty's pacing seems too slow and metronomic, lacking the kind of inflection that might add some drama to the story. His rendering of the villain's voice, in particular, is distractingly whiny and grating. On a scale of 1 to 10, with George Guidall as a 10, McLarty is about a 3.5.
Maybe I was simply expecting too much. I love a good legal thriller and was hoping that The Pardon would be the first of a top-quality series that I could look forward to enjoying. In the end, I just felt cheated. Though I stuck with the book to the bitter end, I now wish I had never started it in the first place.
Excellent book, the characters were real, I agonized over Theo's pain, dreaded the possibility that Uncle Cy might have been the killer, or that Theo ..Show More »would die before he could find out who really killed his mother.
The music between 'cd's was annoying. Someone could have edited out the filler that is used to provide transitions for cd's.
I'm getting the feeling that Jim Grippando is partial to hostage situations. My last listen was When Darkness Falls, which contained an interminable h..Show More »ostage situation in a motel room. Well, we have more of the same here, this time in the studios of a television station (this fact won't spoil the plot). On the plus side, Grippando has a very believable character in Jack Swytek. His foibles and shortcomings make him almost too believable. Unfortunately the same can't be said for a few of the other characters, most notably the Greek and, well, you'll have to discover for yourself. The story we're asked to believe is farfetched, to put it lightly. And the final unraveling of the plot at the conclusion strains credulity. With all of that said, somehow I enjoyed this book. Grippando writes well and if his imagination is in overdrive for this story, so be it.
Wow! This was a major disappointment for James Grippando - I'm glad that I used a credit on this one..I actually contemplated asking for a refund of ..Show More »my credit. Talk about unoriginal and boring. Did he just read the papers; cut and paste into a "book/novel"... seriously? You have lost a fan Mr. Gripppando.